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Posted by §žurious on September 18, 2001 at 17:17:54:
In Reply to: Re: Strange Question posted by James on September 18, 2001 at 14:53:48:
: Why waste your time on lousy sounding compromises?
: Use the analogy of comparing a Steinway grand piano with a vibrating spruce soundboard to a Yamaha electric keyboard. Or those compact drum sets with the heads alone (no drum shells) to a set of old Gretch drums. Which will sound the best?
Well, it's also analogous to "why play bass guitar when you can play upright?" Different bands require different sounds. The bassist for Holly Cole and Shirley Eikhard (George Koller) uses an electric upright when on most tours, and I've seen a few others out there.
No, I dare say the quality is not the same. I dare not say that the EURB is better, nor is the acoustic upright better either. it depends on the quality of the instrument. Take a brand new, top of the line, EURB and put it up against a student model upright that's seen ten years in a high school music room. You tell me which sounds better.
: Go find a beat up plywood bass for $500 and put some work into it. Don't waste time and money on those goofy electric sticks which you'll eventually be disatisfied with. Besides, you'll get more gigs with a real upright.
Problem is, finding a plywood bass for $500 CDN. Not american which is all you ever find on Ebay. $500 quickly translates to $800 to a $1000 very easily especially when it goes through customs (free trade my padded rump!)
Around these parts, we're lucky to find a person who wants an upright much less someone who's willing to sell it.
But I'll keep looking, thinking and evaluating, thanks for your input James.
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